Inaugurated in 2015, the Noel Rowe Poetry Award is an award in memory of Australian poet and academic Noel Rowe, in celebration of his commitment to and support of Australian poetry. A biennial award, it is for the publication of a first manuscript by an emerging poet of any age.
The awards was suspended after the 2017-2018 competition, with hopes to re-run it in 2021.
Source: The Noel Rowe Poetry Award (http://vagabondpress.net/pages/noel-rowe-poetry-award-2015-6). (Sighted: 20/10/2015)
'Thom Sullivan’s debut collection of poems, Carte Blanche, traverses the exactitudes of place and time – from a distinctively Australian suburbia, to farming landscapes in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges, to Australia’s renowned Great Ocean Road, and the interior terrains of consciousness and perception. The poems are memorable, succinct in their expression, precise in their effect, and notable for their innovative use of syntax and punctuation. Carte Blanche is a collection of poems that’s finely realised and keenly felt.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.for unpublished manuscript 'Carte Blanche'.
'Knocks is the debut collection from one of the most exacting writers of Australian poetry’s new wave. Stewart’s poetry consistently surprises in its formal range, encompassing sonnets, erasures and found poetry, and striking at the level of the image –“the computer ecstasy of first-person”. The collection conveys the sense of an extended, “stretched” present, politically shadowed, where “it is commendable / to sign up each day, but better / to maintain a patina of disobedient / actions, shoplifting or whatever”.' (Source: Publisher's website)Manuscript title: Up High